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Marion Hines interview, 2021-06-10

Identifier: dcpl_dcohc034_02.wav

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D.C. Oral History Collaborative (DCOHC) is a citywide initiative to train community members in oral history skills, fund new and ongoing oral history projects, connect volunteers with oral history projects, and publicize existing oral history collections. DCOHC is a project of DC Public Library, HumanitiesDC, and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. This collection contains oral history interviews, transcripts, and indexes produced by DCOHC grantees.


  • Creation: 2021-06-10


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Biographical / Historical

Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Dr. Marion E. Hines came to Asbury United Methodist Church with her parents and sisters as a child and is still an active member of the church. She attended DC Public Schools and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from D.C.’s Howard and Georgetown universities and a PhD from Georgetown as well. Her teaching career began as a French teacher in DCPS elementary schools, and she matriculated at Wilson High School, Howard University and the University of Kentucky, where she held roles in and outside of the classroom. Best known for her work on a widely adapted model for foreign language education, and her love of music, she has recently edited two books. The first was a compendium of women who held roles in D.C. public education, the other is a history of Asbury’s Wesleyan Choir. Dr. Hines’ passion for languages, culture and learning has taken her to 48 countries and six continents.


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Educator, administrator, editor and musician, Dr. Marion E. Hines reflects on her life of 80 years, including her work in the DC Public Schools and two universities; her education in the public schools, then at Howard University and Georgetown University; her approach to teaching languages; her love of travel and music. She speaks in depth about the Wesleyan Choir of Asbury United Methodist Church, what it means to her and to the church; Asbury’s participation in various historic events such as the first inauguration of President Barack Obama; Asbury’s place in history. Dr. Hines also speaks about Asbury’s lifelong deep and positive influence on her, as well as the influence of her parents and the significance of their fierce independence and confidence in developing her own independent persona and success. This interview was conducted virtually.

Repository Details

Part of the The People's Archive, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Repository

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